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Dog With Broken Legs Needs Complicated Surgery

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

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We first met Tootsie on September 17, after Suzette Stover says the dog was attacked while she watered her plants.

Stover claims she heard a yelp and watched her dog fly off the ledge of her basement deck, landing on the concrete below. Stover says she spotted several teenagers running away and laughing. She called police, but was unable to give a detailed description of the suspects.

Stover believes one of the teenagers kicked or threw Tootsie to the concrete below. Both of Tootsie's front legs were broken in the fall.

Dr. Shannon Bayliff was among those to treat Tootsie earlier this week. On Friday, he showed KAKE News x-rays of Tootsie's badly broken legs.

"The problem is she's a small breed dog," Bayliff said. "Small breed dogs don't have as much blood supply as large breed dogs, so we have to make sure they are stable."

Tootsie has since been fitted with splints that keep her from walking and running normally. Dr. Bayliff says the only way Tootsie will recover is if she undergoes a complex surgical procedure that includes putting metal plates on her tiny bones.

"The best fixation for this with the least complication is to put plates on there," Bayliff said. "The problem with plates is the expense."

Bayliff says Tootsie would need to see a specialist skilled at piecing her tiny bones back together. Because of the complexity of the precedure, Bayliff estimates it would cost around $3,200. Without the surgery, Bayliff says Tootsie might never walk again.

Stover, who is on a fixed income, says she cannot afford the surgery. She said Thursday putting her dog down was not an option.

"I can't do that to her," Stover told KAKE News. "She's too close to me... like my child."

Since Tootsie's story aired Thursday, many viewers have called and e-mailed KAKE News asking if there is a way to help.

Dr. Bayliff's East Central Veterinary Hospital has offered to take donations for Tootsie's procedure.

You can call Dr. Bayliff's offices at (316) 686-7418. Donors can also stop by or mail their charity to the clinic at the following address.

East Central Veterinary Hospital
5301 E. Central
Wichita, KS 67208

For more information on the East Central Veterinary Clinic, look for the weblink located at the bottom of this article under "Related Links."


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